Quantum mechanics has set the stage for some of the astonishing technological and theoretical developments of the last one hundred years. So what is Quantum?

The theory of quantum mechanics states that both particles (such as electrons) and waves (such as light) can co-exist in many different formations. When measuring or observing these formations however, they collapse into one of them – either particle or wave. This is quantum uncertainty and the complexity grows exponentially for many-particle systems. For example, this theory implies that a single molecule of organic material potentially has more computing power than all of humanity’s supercomputing facilities combined.

It is this richness, harnessed by nature in complex materials, that quantum information scientists wish to tap into. And so, quantum information science and technology has emerged as a new interdisciplinary paradigm in both theory and experiment. Quantum systems are steadily becoming more complex, leading to dramatic speed-up in computation and secure communication.

Rising to this challenge, the Hebrew University’s Quantum Information Science Center (QISC) brings together an outstanding and forward-thinking group of interdisciplinary researchers who believe that the only way to make ground-breaking advances in complex real world implementation and fundamental understanding, is the cross-fertilization between different fields and languages of science.

The aims of the Center are:

  • Encouraging collaboration between faculty members and with international peers by enabling them to form a common language that will lead to joint research and discoveries.

  • Creating a shared research and equipment facility for the use of faculty and students.

  • Establishing a training program for graduate students, nurturing the next generation of quantum scientists and breakthroughs.